Details for RE Mayo Docks

RE Mayo Docks

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 27 reviews

Address 183 Mayo Rd.
Hobucken, NC 28537


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


This is an old shrimp boat dock with plenty of room for transient boats. It's near the end of the earth with no services except for 30 amp electric but it's an easy overnight and, for those with insurance restrictions, is the southernmost place to stop before crossing the Cape Hatteras line.

VHF channel

None. Call ahead or just tie up and go into the office.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Penny in the office is extremely helpful.



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Extremely easy on the ICW immediately south of the Hobucken Bridge 65 foot. Long face dock with strong docks posts and easy to tie up.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Docks are old and in need of repair. Use caution.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.40/ft (2015-06-22)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 3 x 30 amp posts along the docks. If you have a phase combiner and are the only boat there requiring electricity use a phase combiner to achieve 240v 30 amp.

Pricing info: Included in the dockage fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - No additional charge for water.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Off road.

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out





Yes - Around the front of the building on the road side of the office.




Yes - In the form of two outhouses across the road (brightly painted!).




No - The office sells locally caught frozen seafood in vacuum blister packs, ideal for packing a freezer.


Yes - Ship's store. Reported to have very good prices on shaft zincs and engine pencil zincs on May 2012.





Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

No - Verizon service that varies between 3G and LTE, 2016.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for RE Mayo Docks
A face dock, not a marina, 2016-10-01
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (5607)

There is a long face dock that the shrimp boats use and they rent out any room they have left to transients at $0.40/ft. The docks are obviously substantial, just look at the huge, ocean going shrimp boats but they look as if they accumulated over the years - some new spots, some old spots.

You are shielded from weather on all sides and only occasionally joggled by a passing boat. Aside from the price the real attraction is the seafood they catch locally. Even if what you want is out of season, they have an amply supply of frozen fish, shrimp and scallops. This is not the usual fare you get at supermarkets. We had the frozen scallops last night, they browned nicely (not treated with preservatives that hinder browning), were tender and had the best taste of any scallops I've had anywhere (and I've eaten in some good seafood restaurants!)

As I said, it's just a face dock. The restrooms are two outhouses across the road. There is an excellent marine store focused on supplying the shrimp boats. A 30 amp electric service comes with the dock price but there is only one outlet. It has only enough amperage for one boat. If more try to tie in by using 30 amp marine adapters for the two prong outlets also on the dock, then the voltage drops below 105 and nobody has power. There is no WiFi.

So, drop by, don't expect a marina level of service (you'll likely have to dock without help) but do fill your freezer with the blister packs of flash frozen seafood.

Interesting stop, but........., 2016-04-20
Captain: , Norfolk (50)

Only one 30 amp outlet on the dock. No 50 amp. No hose bibs. No wifi. On the plus side, only 40 cents/ft. Very helpful dock hand. Fresh fish/shrimp.

Perfect Overnight Stop, 2016-04-17
Captain: , Boyd, Texas (390)

Very inexpensive and friendly place. Tie up with the shrimp boats. Good marine hardware store to boot. No AT&T cell service.

Great place for inexpensive fuel., 2016-02-06
Captain: , Castalia NC (80)

We took on over 200 gallons of fuel. They were the best price by a long shot over other fuel spots around. Wasn't the fasted pump in the world, but sufficed. The ships store is well stocked and a true working dock was a nice change. Easy to tie up. We did not stay other than getting fuel, but it appears to be a cheap overnight stop.

Real working dock, friendly staff, bug screens up before dark!, 2015-12-17
Captain: , Charleston south carolina (90)

We called ahead, they said they might be closed but got there just prior to closing time. they were kind , friendly staff and purchased some fresh shrimp with heads on and dockage for less than $27.00 for the night. One note, Get your screens up before it gets dark or the bugs will be coming in to say hello :-)

Good stop for a short run., 2015-12-10
Captain: , Norfolk, Va (195)

Called ahead and was told to go to the south end of the dock. We did. Opening for one boat. Several shrimp and flounder trawlers there. The electrical outlet there was burned and rusted. Let the folks know as we registered. There was someone there to fix it shortly. Got some fresh shrimp and frozen flounder. Total bill was $30.10.

Quite, functional, fresh frozen seafood, and great marine store, 2015-11-22
Captain: , Moyock, NC (984)

Everybody's busy with the seafood and fishing trawler business, but they still make time to be friendly with cruisers. The marine store has a little bit of everything. There's an abundant supply of kind-of-fresh and plenty of frozen packages of seafood. You can't beat the .40 / ft. for a dock fee with power and water. It's a good stop.

Basic and Quite, 2015-11-13
Captain: , Savannah, GA (20)

Stopped in November 2015 when we ran out of light. $20 per night for a 40' boat. Two prongeg plugs, no 30 amp twist locks. I'd stay here again.

Lots of local color, great seafood, 2015-10-15
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (604)

This is a working shrimp trawler dock. Not fancy, but no problem docking between a couple of shrimp boats. Great seafood for your freezer and a good working fisherman supply store.

Seafood, diesel, and water, 2015-09-21
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (367)

We called ahead just before 5pm and were told not to worry, they would wait for us. Diesel and water tanks were full by 5:30. This is not rustic, it's the real deal. The place supports commercial fisherman who buy 3000 gallons at a go. We were happy to benefit from their volume. Bought fresh flounder for supper and bought a pound of frozen scallops for good measure.

Fuel for the boat and crew., 2015-05-26
Captain: , St Petersburg (32)

A great place to stop for fuel and seafood. The fuel is often the cheapest on ICW and they sell a lot of it to the fishing boats so it is always fresh and clean. The seafood is as fresh as can be. I have bought it as it came of the boat, but last visit bought frozen.

The docks are solid but, as others have said, "Rustic" but for the price cannot be beat.

Convenient stop heading north, 2015-05-24
Captain: , Knoxville, Tennessee (230)

Stopped here the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend on our way north. They were closed so didn't get to enjoy purchasing fresh seafood as mentioned in earlier reviews. :(. Not for yachters that like fancy. Several locals sitting on dock fishing. Very friendly. Good pup walking area. Price is right at $.40/ft. We just slipped an envelope under the store door.

Not your typical stop - It's Great!, 2015-04-06
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1476)

Not your typical overnight stop, but worth it for the experience - and of course, the price, at only $0.40/ft. We called on the phone as we approached, they said they had plenty of room as most of the fishing fleet was out fishing and not due in for a couple of days. Someone met us on the dock to show us where to tie up, we did, then adjusted our position a bit so we could reach a new 30 amp outlet. Power was fine overnight (running reverse cycle heaters) but we did get a low power reading (110 volts) in the morning just before we were going to leave, so watch that. The seawall is getting replaced and some of the docks are getting resurfaced, so things are rough, but very workable. We enjoyed looking around their ships store - lots and lots of supplies, though much of it is sized for large fishing vessels. No fresh fish while we were there, but they maintain a freezer of their own fish (shrimp, scallops, flounder, and more), bought some flounder for dinner - good stuff! Very quiet and still overnight. Great stop, and we'd stop again! We walked up onto the bridge to take a picture of the area - pretty view, worth the walk, and not much traffic on the bridge so we didn't feel too at risk.

This is a wonderful place to buy fish!, 2015-01-21
Captain: , Saint Michaels (300)

Some of the docks are falling appart and some are in better shape. As we were passing a fishing boat was unloading its catch. I asked if they sold fish. They did so we turned around and docked. We bought a whole flounder. Later at anchor I downloaded a video on cleaning it and my wife downloaded a video on preparing it. A wonderful place with very friendly people. I would not hesitate to dock here if the timing was right. We do carry fenderboards and we do not need electric - though it can be nice if it is cold.

Rustic, but worth a stop, 2014-12-24
Captain: , Palmetto, FL (504)

Like previous reviews said, very rustic. This place is a working dock that will rent space to cruisers cheap. Fuel is cheap and the only way to get fresher seafood is to catch it yourself.

An Excellent Stop for the Budget and the Palate, 2014-12-07
Captain: , Onancock, VA (172)

The wooden docks are rustic but sturdy on the north end. Try to avoid the docks beyond the boat ramp on the south end. It's space available so ask them where to land. The people are friendly and you can't beat the price.

This is the place to stock the larder with fresh and flash frozen seafood. It's minimally processed, shrimp are heads on and the fish is either whole if fresh or filleted skin on if frozen.

Not for the yatchie crowd, 2014-11-14
Captain: , Solomons Island Md (397)

Work docks dont get more rustic than these. Its a good overnite spot. We stopped and bought fresh shrimp and scallops for dinner($6/lb). Some spots have power but we were at an end without it. Take a stroll through the supply store. There is lots of interesting "stuff" these and the price are good. Dont leave any trash on you decks. The critter are use to hitting the shrimp boats for snacks. It was a cool experience.

Worth a quick dock!, 2014-10-06
Captain: , Valdez AK. (80)

We passed this place and actualy turned around! So happy that we did - a rare piece of history still alive! No assistance with docking - a workin shrimp-seafood marina with the most amazing ship store! WE purchased 3 punds of fresh head on 16 count shrimp for $6.50 /lb and 4 punds of flash frozen scallops along with a killer oyster knife - the kind you are always looking for! If you aren't in a rush - a great stop!

South Dock has been Redone--Watch North Dock Electricity, 2013-11-14
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (728)

We Stayed here 10/23/13, and found everything except the electric, the same as before. We stayed on the north dock, and when we plugged into the 30 amp service, it didn't work. Told the office, and they sent someone out right away. He tested and confirmed, then tested one further down, and it worked, so we moved the boat down to that outlet, plugged in, and it immediately got hot. Pulled the plug, and the rubber on the 30 amp plug was melting at the neutral pin. Dock person, said they had the electric redone, but it was under the dock and not protected from water intrusion. They had recently had some high tides, causing the water to come up over the docks. This is likely the culprit, but be warned, and be careful.

We were here in November of 2010 and the docks on the south end of the marina were bent over with the pilings all askew. Today, the south end is straight and true. We docked on the north end as the south was full of shrimp boats. Dock is in surprisingly good shape considering the use it gets. The people here are as nice as you will find anywhere. And let's be honest now, where else can you dock a 40' boat drawing 6.5 feet for $16.00 per night Including electricity (30 amp)? Not only that, but they have a very large and diverse supply of hardware. In fact, we stopped in Moorehead City because we had just used our spare alternator belt and needed a new spare. Little did I know when we docked here we would find the exact same belt and for $2.50 less than the NAPA store in Moorehead. Now we have two spares. Also, they have fresh shrimp, scallops, and flounder for a great price. No showers and a pit toilet, but hey, it was, after all, only $16.00 including electric.

Be sure to stop, 2013-08-01
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1459)

Very nice folks, always good fuel prices as they keep them low for their fishing fleet customers. They also have a wharehouse full of nautical supplies and good prices on them too. If you like fresh local fish and seafood, here is the place to get it, right off the boat. If you are heading south and the wind is up this is a good place to hang out too. Overnight dockage available at real good prices, 90 cents a foot with 15 amp juice.

You must stop here - fresh fish is superb, 2013-05-17
Captain: , London, UK (326)

Our 42ft sailboat sat comfortably against the dock on our overnight stop next to a huge honeysuckle bush. Mmmm that perfume! We managed to hook up 50 amp electricity with our combiner using 2x 30 amp dock posts. Electricity is included in the dock fee We filled with diesel and water before our departure next day. The office staff are absolutely lovely - so helpful and friendly. The Ships Store is worth the stop and has a very good selection of all those things you need to hold your boat together. In addition we bought a selection of flounder, trout, scallops and shrimp ALL FRESHLY caught by their fisherman and available at very reasonable prices.

Good folks, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Ocean Springs MS (1032)

You absolutely cannot beat .40 per foot and that includes electricity. The people are just real nice. The store is stocked with all sorts of useful things. There are wakes and other than power and maybe water no amenities but we sure were glad for them at the end of a cold wet ruff day.

Stop for fish, 2011-01-31
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1340)

This is what's left of a once prosperous commercial "Fish House", supplying snow ice to shrimpers and buying whatever gets caught in the sound for wholesale distribution inland. Stop before noon to make your selection.

minimal cruising, 2010-12-05
Captain: , Hertford,NC (180)

Lets be fair, this is a commercial facility that allows us to dock there. The rates are cheap, so you get what you pay for. Outhouses, water that no one should put in their tanks and a rickity old warf with huge creosoted pilings. But they have fuel, hardware, a warm sitting place and a very helpful staff. Was there in the shrimping off season and it was very cold!!!

Basic stop on ICW, 2010-05-16
Captain: , Ensign Harbor Marina (195)

Friendly people. Ship's store. Gas available. You can tie up and get power (and I think water) if you call ahead. The dock's are not much and some are falling apart. But the price is right. No groceries or other facilities to walk to. Nice people, not crowded (at least with pleasure craft) and low price make a nice, basic stop.

One Star for facilities, five stars for owner, 2009-08-03
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (705)

If you don't care what you tie up to, but want to hear about what life was like before the ICW, this is the place. The docks are old and falling apart. It looks like more shrimp boats crashed into them than docked. However - we spent a wonderful, cozy evening over the Winter tied up here and sat around a wood stove talking to the owner for hours. Lots of great stories about what life was like years ago with just shrimpers coming through. I highly recommend it just for the experience, so I took the average of the one star for facilities and 5 stars for interest level.

RE Mayo, 2009-04-25
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Shrimp boat docks. Just south of the bridge.
Price is good but docks are rough and in poor shape.
It is a no-wake zone but not well enforced.
No water and power was out while we stopped.
Price $0.40/ft

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